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love and powerbook

I got this thought in my head... "Maybe you shouldn't talk so much to everyone about how wonderful your laptop is."

"why, because it'll make other people who don't have laptops feel bad?"

"yes. many poor people read your journal and they'll be upset. they'll try to sell younger siblings on the streets to buy one of their own."

"I was sad for six years because I wanted a laptop and was poor. Maybe this will give them hope."

"point taken. shake your money maker, sista."

Okay. So anyway, when I first told my coworkers I was ordering an apple powerbook I got all these awful comments. "Engineers don't run apples, stupid people run apples. stupid people and barefoot hippies." I was like, "Come on you guys, don't judge me. You have to know I've always had some apple tendencies. I'm still the same spacefem you've always known and loved, it's just that I'll own an apple now."

So Thursday we're all sitting around freaking because we have to decide how to prioritize our aural warnings in the airplane. What happens if we play them on top of each other, are they discernable? What if they're multiplexed, can you keep track of them? Then everyone was like, "We have no software here to simulate this to ask people's opinions, we can't generate .wav files or mix the voice samples we have!"

and then it was apple to the rescue! "Fear not," said spacefem, "I think that new thingamajigger I got has some audio software that came with it." And it did... GarageBand. I could drag wav files onto different tracks, simulate tones, layer stuff, screw with timing the whole bit. I whipped out the laptop and showed everyone.

And many people were very impressed. They thought it looked really nice (which it does) and loved the glowing apple at the back of the display (which is cute) and were very impressed with GarageBand (as am I). We even gathered around and watched the star wars episode III trailer I'd downloaded the night before... ten of us, standing there, so I could demonstrate how snazzy it looks (this drew much attention to our engineering sector but we'd already thought up a lot of ways to prove that star wars episode III was work-related. I mean, duh, lots of flying things, we have to know our industry yes?)

The day was saved thanks to superspacefem and her computer of happiness. plus, I got to play with my laptop at work. bonus for me all the time.


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Nov. 6th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
I'm one of those poor readers to whom you refer, and I think this little tale was delightful. Yay for you! I've always wanted an iBook though, and ever since I started reading Sneakery, I've wanted one desperately. And you do give me hope, even though librarians make considerably less than engineers.
Nov. 6th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)
hey, i like reading about your laptop, too. of course, i have a powerbook myself, so... i may be biased. and i also wanted to stand up up for mac users everywhere, im not computer illiterate, i do some web stuff, and i have been known to dabble with some java... i switched to a mac because of how crappy microsoft is. also, my brother and a number of his friends have macs, my brother is web designer, and he used to work at a comp tech company that worked for motorola, where a number of his friends are computer programmers, etc... one of them is currently finishing up his PhD in computer science at the university of north carolina at chapel hill....

so macs are NOT just for stupid people and barefoot hippies --- plus, with jaguar, there are such cool effects, that probably are designed for the Everyman, but that doenst make them look any less cool --- try hitting F12 -- now try holding down Shift as you hit F12... sweet, huh?
Nov. 6th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with using macs! Since the most powerful graphic design software was designed for macs, where does the idea that only morons use macs come from?

The original IMac, I can see, (the one with no cords, no floppy drive, no upgradability) but my G4 with video editing software is NOT for the casual user.
Nov. 6th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC)
Go superspacefem! Giving hope to us poor computer lovers and coming to the rescue of your coworkers... Truly noble you are. You should join the justice league.
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Nov. 6th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
"Engineers don't run apples, stupid people run apples. stupid people and barefoot hippies."

OS X isn't "Your Father's Apple"(tm). OS X is more accurately described as NeXTStep, updated. And, lots of engineers used NeXTStep.

Besides, it's Unix, and more engineers use Unix than use Windows. :-)

I love my iBook. :-)
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